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    Trainer suggestions

    I am looking for advice on a good indoor cycle trainer. Don't want to spend a bundle ($300-ish) but want something good. I saw the CycloOps Fluid 2 for $290 got good reviews. Anyone have experience with this or have suggestions for a better unit? Will be using it with a 26" hard tail with a slick.

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    All trainers suck!!!! But if you get a good brand name it will serve you fine. CycloOps, Blackburne, Minoura, Kurt Kinetic....... I have both rollers and a trainer break up the monotony.
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    Just got a cycleops jetfluid pro trainer that is new this year... only have a few rides on it but the resistance is really nice. Maintaining 20 mph is much harder than on my previous mag trainer. Make sure it is a fluid trainer and one with a good warranty just in case.

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    i have the 1up; have used it since 2007. no problems. when i first started using it i had a mtb with slick.
    I just like riding my mountain bike.

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    Bonktown has been closing out a Blackburn Mag trainer for 79 bucks lately, retails for around 180. I picked one up. Works well enough and not a big investment since I'd never used one and wasn't sure I'd be into it...
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    1up for me too. You get what you pay for with cycle trainers. the 1up is a simple design and is solid. You just have to decide on how many cycle trainers you want to buy. Buy a P.O.S. trainers and you will have to buy another. Just sayin'

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    I like my CycleOps Fluid 2. I went to REI and tried out a few and didn't notice any real differences.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BIGfatED
    1up for me too. You get what you pay for with cycle trainers. the 1up is a simple design and is solid. You just have to decide on how many cycle trainers you want to buy. Buy a P.O.S. trainers and you will have to buy another. Just sayin'

    Respectfully I have to disagree. My rollers are 12+ years old and the work just wonderfully. My stationary trainer was a mid-level Blackburne with a Mag resistance unit, and it has been solid as hell. Stick with a good brand name and get one with a Mag resistance unit, they are quieter than the wind units and cheaper than a fluid unit. I have tried both the Mag and fluid and not much difference in my opinion. But try them for yourself.
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    My nashbar $120 trainer was awesome. I replaced it with the new cyclops trainer last year and see only a slight difference. The cyclops is definitely louder. Cyclops packs ups up easier and much easier to mount bike, but other than that, I wish I just kept my nashbar trainer. Worked just fine.

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    Kurt Kinetic has a lifetime unconditional warranty. I pick mine up on e-bay for $255 New in box. The fluid drum has a Mag coupling and has no seals to leak,,,

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    I have a Kurt Kinetic Rock-and-Roll trainer. Went with the demo unit for under $300...and it still had the lifetime warranty. My wife bought it directly from Kurt Kinetic. They don't always have them in stock though.
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    1up....it handles all I can put out...and more.

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